Instead of the regular customer, this Uber driver had to take a passenger that chirps – but doesn’t speak – to his location.
One Saturday night, Uber driver Christy Gunn got a notification for a pickup, but when she arrived at the location, she was instantly worried. That’s because her passengers – four men – clearly have been drinking, and they were about to get in her vehicle.
“I got there and there’s three or four guys standing out in the yard and they’re holding beers,” Christy recalled. “And I’m like, ‘oh no. These guys are going to get in my car and I hope they know they can’t bring their beer.’”
However, what happened next wasn’t quite what Christy expected.
One of the men came up to the window to explain something to her about an injured little bird – a Lesser Goldfinch – who had fallen from a tree nearby.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” Clinton resident Tim Crowley said.
Because they had been drinking, Tim said that they wouldn’t drive. Instead, they wanted Christy to take the bird with her to the nearest wildlife center.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!'” Tim said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.'”
Christy was the second driver that they called – the first one rejected them after hearing about their odd request.
Prior to her arrival, Christy said that the men had called the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, which assured them that they could nurse the poor bird back to health if they could get him to the facility.
“So are you willing to take a bird as a passenger?” one of the men asked Christy.
“If you’re paying for it, I’m all for it,” she responded.
The men then gave her a box with the injured bird inside. They were even thoughtful enough to pad it with some leaves so the bird would feel more comfortable. Christy started the engine and began their 25-minute journey to the center.
She said that during the drive, the Lesser Goldfinch tried to hide beneath the leaves. Figuring that he was cold, she turned the airconditioning off and and cracked the windows a little bit so the warmth would get in.
“The only noise was the chirping,” Christy told KSTU. “I guess he was happy when I turned off the air conditioning off and rolled the windows down a little bit. I definitely think it was a little too cold for him.”
Christy said that she was glad the men called her, instead of driving to the center themselves.
“They didn’t drink and drive and I know a lot of guys – especially back in my day – would be drinking and if somebody found a bird, they’d have said ‘ah, just throw it to the cats or throw it in the garbage. So my heart goes out to those guys,” she said.
“Petey” as the men named him, survived and is doing great, according to an update from WRCNU.
For more details on the story, watch the video below from Fox 13.
Well, that’s a story you don’t hear every day!
Kudos to these men for doing the right thing and for choosing not to drive themselves, fully aware that they were all intoxicated. Remember, no matter how fine you think you are, it is never safe to drink and drive.